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Brick + Mortar build exciting return to weekly Spot Nights

Despite some awkward moments, Brick + Mortar headlined an energetic show at the first Spot Night of the semester.
January 22, 2016

With the beginning of the spring semester came the beginning of weekly University Program Board’s Spot Night. On Friday, Jan. 15, indie rock band Brick + Mortar headlined the late night concert, preceded...

Kodaline is a master of all trades

Kodaline performed at the House of Blues in Cleveland.
Irish-Indie band’s depressing music still engaging
October 8, 2015

The powerful notes of Kodaline’s opening song rang out into the House of Blues following the opening band’s finale, and a new energy erupted from the crowd. At the beginning of the concert, I was...

“Alive right here, right now”

Walk the Moon and The Griswolds put on a colorful show at the House of Blues to a sold-out crowd of teenagers and college students.
Walk the Moon and The Griswolds treat sold-out crowd to energy-filled show
April 9, 2015

At the Cleveland House of Blues last Friday, April 3, lines of face-painted teens and 20-somethings stood in line in a light Cleveland drizzle, waiting to get inside for a sold-out show featuring Walk...

Of Montreal bring glitter and glam to Beachland Ballroom

Of Montreal put on a psychedelic show, with an emphasis on fashion and stage lighting.
March 19, 2015

Queen’s Freddie Mercury once said, “A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It's a theatrical event. I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show.”...

Wednesday night dance party

RJD2
February 19, 2015

At the end of the RJD2 concert last Wednesday, Feb. 11, RJD2 (aka Ramble Jon Krohn) stepped down from the stage, slapping hands and thanking his loyal Case Western Reserve University audience. Sweat...

Kicking and singing

Less than Jake/Reel Big Fish bring dance party to HOB
January 30, 2015

You don’t know what it’s like to feel crushed at a concert, until a large man wearing a studded vest tries to crowd surf, and slams down onto you instead. This was experienced by much of the audience...

Bearded band’s mayhem at Grog Shop

December 5, 2014

The impressively bearded band Four Year Strong took the Grog Shop’s stage to a roaring crowd after three other punk rock bands opened for them. Thursday, Nov. 20 was another stop for the band on its...

Shaggtasic evening at the Grog Shop

Early 2000’s reggae invades punk venue
November 21, 2014

This past wintery Sunday night had the Grog Shop toasty with summer Reggae by early 2000’s favorite, Shaggy. Case Western Reserve University students and fellow Clevelanders waved their hands in the...

More than just a show

Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums light up Masonic Auditorium
November 14, 2014

Singer Noelle Scaggs flung up her arms, fingers touching to form the outline of a heart above her head. Behind her, the massive neon heart, an emblem from the cover of the band’s latest album, lit up...

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